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Whither the Book Bowl?

Parents petition to reinstate popular fifth-grade event
Parents are frustrated, an online petition has garnered almost 500 signatures, School Board members have voiced their concerns, and now there are plans to hold a public meeting the week after spring break to discuss a contentious issue.

The Henrico County Book Bowl has many in the community up in arms – specifically, the recent plan to discontinue the program after 24 years.

So what exactly is the Book Bowl? > Read more.

West End Martin’s introduces ‘Caroline’s Cart’

Martin's Food Markets has introduced special shopping carts at its John Rolfe Parkway location in Henrico for parents with special needs children.

"Caroline's Cart" provides parents and caregivers with an option for transporting their children through the store without having to push a wheelchair and traditional cart simultaneously. The location is the first Martin's store in the region to offer the special carts. > Read more.

Business in brief


Napier Realtors ERA was named a Platinum Award winner in the Richmond, Va., market by the Cartus Broker Network at its annual Broker Network International Conference held in February. Cartus is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions. Platinum is the highest level of the Excellence Awards presented to principal brokers. Excellence Award recognition is based on performance results related to a wide variety of goals including customer service, cost management, and effective analysis and marketing of homes. Less than 21 percent of the Network’s principal brokers achieved Platinum level recognition for 2013 performance. > Read more.

Student-run camp assists children of cancer patients

Barbie Quick, a 47-year-old data entry specialist, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. She has been in remission four times since then and endured a long and expensive road to recovery – one that she hasn’t taken alone. Quick’s daughters Kristin, 12, and Rebecca, 15, have dealt with their mom’s cancer for more than half their lives, which hasn’t left them much opportunity simply to be kids.

That’s why Quick turned to Camp Kesem. > Read more.

Police seek suspects in robbery


Henrico Police are seeking a man wanted in connection with a robbery that occurred March 14.

Shawn Michael Thibou, 18, is a suspect in the robbery, which occurred March 14 at approximately 1:20 p.m. in the 4700 block of Cardinal Road. Three suspects robbed an adult male victim, with one assaulting him while the other two stole his wallet and cell phone. The suspects were seen walking towards Wistar Road. The victim sustained minor injuries to his face. No weapons were displayed. > Read more.

HCPS a “Best Community for Music Education” for 15th straight year

For the 15th straight year, Henrico County Public Schools has been named one of the nation’s "Best Communities for Music Education" by the National Association of Music Merchants. HCPS is the only school system in the country to hold the distinction for all 15 years of the designation.

The “Best Communities” designation is based on a detailed survey of a school division’s commitment to music instruction through funding, staffing, access and a commitment to standards. It recognizes collaborative, from-the-ground-up efforts of teachers, administrators, students and parents. > Read more.

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Community

Ruritan Club presents awards

Members of Short Pump Ruritan Club and Henrico divisions of Police and Fire gathered at Short Pump Park last week for the Ruritans’ annual picnic. Club Vice President Bruce Brooks presented awards, donations and grants.

The organization annually honors a police officer and firefighter in recognition of their goodwill and service to the Short Pump community. This year's honorees were Firefighter Kevin Kump, a firefighter for more than 20 years, and police officer Sean Wickerham, a seven-year veteran of the division who works the Short Pump area on the overnight shift. > Read more.

Short Pump Ruritan Club donates $50k to Virginia War Memorial

The Short Pump Ruritan/Civic Association Foundation, Inc. recently presented a check for $50,000 to the Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation. The donation will be used to finance the production of a new film about the Vietnam War as part of the War Memorial’s award-winning Virginians at War film series. > Read more.

Vintage Home Market set for June 15-16

A longtime Lakeside business owner and his partner are bringing "The Vintage Home Market" to the Richmond International Raceway Complex June 15-16.

Tony Turner has operated a business on Lakeside Avenue for nearly 20 years, beginning with Huckleberries Home & Garden for 10 years in The Hub Shopping Center and followed by Feathernesters across the street in the Lakeside Town Center. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Henrico County is the place to be for performing arts this weekend! The University of Richmond will present the NT Live broadcast of “Frankenstein” – featuring the dapper and ever-so-delightful Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. CAT Theater’s production of “The Joshua Plant” opens Friday and on Sunday, Pedrito Martinez Group and Stavna Ballet perform. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A good walk spoiled

Producers try too hard in ‘Dinosaurs’ re-make

A long, long time ago, Walking with Dinosaurs was probably a terrific movie. The film’s namesake, BBC’s original dinosaur documentary, was outstanding in its own right, so crafting a version for the big screen would surely achieve the same successes, right? That was the plan, at first – Walking with Dinosaurs was to be a prehistoric nature film that could appeal to all audiences and all ages.

Then the “powers that be” stepped in. Dinosaurs, it was declared, weren’t family-friendly enough on their own, and what Walking with Dinosaurs needed was to lose the nature film vibe and get those dinos cracking wise. > Read more.

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Families are welcome to celebrate spring break at 2 p.m. April 14-17 at Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave. Daily themes include Lego/block build (Monday), movie (Tuesday), games (Wednesday) and… Full text

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